Brooding Tintagel Castle

I always find Tintagel Castle, on the rugged coast in Southwest England, evocative and brooding…especially in gloomy weather. It’s amazing to me that way back in the sixth century, people could have chosen this godforsaken bluff on a desolate coastline, so far from anything, to build a mighty castle…but they did. Was it the legendary King Arthur? We’ll never know. But it’s fun to imagine. (BTW, we’ve had a string of rainy days, and one thing I’ve noticed is that English vacationers don’t let a little bad weather get in the way of their fun. I’ve nicknamed them “armadillo tourists.”)

This is Day 76 of my 100 Days in Europe series. As I research my guidebooks and make new TV shows, I’m reporting on my experiences and lessons learned in Vienna, the Alps, the Low Countries, England, and beyond. Find more right here on my travel blog.


3 Replies to “Brooding Tintagel Castle”

  1. One of my favorite places from my 1966 trip to England. My travel mate and I stayed at the nearby Boscastle Youth Hostel (since destroyed by a flood) and enjoyed tea and scones overlooking the sea. Much busier in 2016 then during our trip.

  2. Rick,

    There’s no such thing as ‘bad weather’ –

    Only inappropriate clothing!

    (A saying from the UK)

  3. I’m saving my pennies with hopes of bringing my grandchildren to England for their spring break in 2017. My grandson will be 9 and we will celebrate my granddaughter’s 11th birthday hopefully in London. I want them to experience a culture other than our own so they will be less likely to buy into all of the current nationalistic craziness the U.S. Is selling these days.

    Thank you Rick for continuing to fuel my wanderlust!!

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